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Zoo's Red River Hog piglets on exhibit for first time this weekend

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Three little striped watermelons on four short little legs, also known as Red River Hog piglets, born at the Kansas City Zoo, will be on exhibit for the first time this Saturday.

Runty and Benti, the Kansas City Zoo's Red River Hog patriarch and matriarch are proud parents once again. This time it's to two girls and a boy.

Born on March 24, each piglet weighed just over 1.5 pounds at birth.

According to the zoo, Benti, a third time mom, is a natural. At almost 5 years old, she has raised 11 piglets so far.

She will nurse the three babies for at least three months. Pig milk has nearly double the fat of cow or human milk so they will grow quickly.

Mom and Dad weigh around 150 pounds each.

It's a real family affair at the Red River Hog exhibit. Four older siblings will be hanging out with their new sisters and brother, helping them to learn the basics of parenting. The family is an extremely social unit, as they enjoy swimming and wallowing around in the mud together.

The group eats about 16 pounds of grain per day and consumes a variety of fruits, vegetable, greens and alfalfa.

This is the third litter for Runty and Benti. The four older siblings celebrated their first birthday last month. All four hogs from the first litter have been relocated to other zoos for breeding purposes.

People can visit the Red River Hogs in the Congo section of Africa beginning Saturday and see the piglets on exhibit for the first time.

The zoo says it will be easy to spot the newest additions because they have white striped markings and long white whiskers, making them look like tiny, rust red watermelons.

They will also be joined by the four 1-year-old hogs that were born last April.

Be sure to catch all the behind-the-scenes action every Saturday morning on The KC Zoo Show. It airs at 10 a.m. on KCTV5.

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